Cupertino was ranked by Forbes in 2015 as one of the most educated places in the United States based off of the percentage of high school and college graduates. It is one of the nation’s wealthiest cities and home to Apple Inc.’s headquarters. Cupertino is located on the western edge of Santa Clara County, with some of its boundaries extending into the hills.
Originally known as West Side, much of what is now Cupertino was a small rural village invested in fruit agriculture. It began developing more with the introduction of the railroad and the suburban housing boom that followed World War II. In the 1960s, its development flourished even more with the creation of VALLCO Business and Industrial Park, still a commercial section today, and the founding of De Anza College. It is now one of several cities that claim to be the “heart” of Silicon Valley due to its many semiconductor and computer software companies.